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‘Zine’ in a weekend – day 2

Artist Ania Bas led the second day of our literary inspired course in collaboration with Wimbledon Bookfest.

On Day One (click for more details) we concentrated on what makes a charismatic character and on Day two we looked at what makes a sensational storyline. Our findings are to be compiled into a ‘Zine’ aimed at budding authors. The title of which will be:

INK – A basic guide to building a Children’s Book

As always we began the afternoon with a warm up – for our minds, bodies and fingers.


First we made a drawing as Ania told a short story – we weren’t allowed to take out pencil off the paper at all. A continuous line drawing!dsc_0235 dsc_0238

First there was a forest, with a squirrel who went to the lake.dsc_0240

He crossed the lake to the animal cafe.dsc_0241

We listened hard for the details.dsc_0243 dsc_0246

he had a green broccoli smoothie???!…..dsc_0248 dsc_0249

We then tried drawing with both hands simultaneously.dsc_0252

Ania described the setting for a story – but as we were drawing with two hands, there was two of everything – creating a fantastical world!dsc_0253 dsc_0256

Tower blocksdsc_0257

With horses living on the top floor!dsc_0259 dsc_0260 Waving a sign saying welcome!dsc_0262

…and a forest on the roof?dsc_0263 dsc_0264

We then spoke about the magazine we were creating and looked at some examples of the size and type of ‘riso’ print we would be using.

We will make an 8 page, A5 folded ‘zine’ printed on recycled paper in 2 colours – all these factors would influence the way we worked to produce content!dsc_0267

We recapped the decisions of the senior editors (those children attending both days of the course).

Yesterday they had decided on the title.dsc_0270

Materials were ready for us to start building a story.dsc_0273

We used a simple pop-up technique to start thinking about what makes a great story.dsc_0279 dsc_0283 dsc_0285 dsc_0289 dsc_0290 dsc_0291

We cut out material from magazines to make a setting.dsc_0293 dsc_0299 dsc_0300 dsc_0301 dsc_0309 dsc_0319

We brainstormed exciting elements from the plot of a story to fix on to the 3D elements.dsc_0323 dsc_0326

All elements combined to create a mini 3D installation based on a great story.dsc_0329 dsc_0337 dsc_0338 dsc_0342 dsc_0353 dsc_0364

After a break we brainstormed words associated with a great story.dsc_0367 dsc_0370 dsc_0371

We collected them together dsc_0378

Then made them into small posters to be reduced and incorporated into the zine.dsc_0384 dsc_0386 dsc_0387 dsc_0388 dsc_0391 dsc_0392 dsc_0394 dsc_0396 dsc_0397 dsc_0398 dsc_0400

Next we talked about story mountains, plot development; problems, climaxes and resolutions…dsc_0402 dsc_0404

While the senior editors had a team meeting to begin editing material others painted some story mountains using favourite stories for inspiration.dsc_0406 dsc_0408 dsc_0409 dsc_0412

Some worked together in groups, while others chose to work on their own.dsc_0414

Some rather abstract works emergeddsc_0416 dsc_0422 dsc_0431 dsc_0439 dsc_0447 dsc_0448 dsc_0455 dsc_0462 dsc_0466

We look forward to seeing how all this work is included into our Zine – which will be ready in about a month. We have listened to children’s opinions and gathered all the material which will be pulled together with a designer over the next few weeks and then circulated.

You can see the finished result by clicking the link below.

INK: A Basic Guide to Building a Kids Book

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